SENATORS (29-37-10) at LIGHTNING (40-24-11)
TV — SNET-E (HD), SUN (HD)
Last 10 — Ottawa 6-3-1; Tampa Bay 3-3-4
Season series — Ottawa leads the season series against the Lightning with a pair of wins, the latest coming in overtime on March 19.
Big Story — Tampa Bay is trying to get itself moving in the right direction before the playoffs and the Lightning turned that way Saturday with a win over Carolina. They'll look to build on that against the Senators, who have been playing some of their best hockey of the season this month, but are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss at Atlanta. The Senators won two previous outings against the Bolts this month behind goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who gets the start again in this one.
Senators — Getting the first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft doesn't appear to be a priority to the Senators, and rightfully so. They have not mailed in the season despite being mathematically eliminated from contention. Ottawa is 7-3-1 over its last 11 games, including two wins over the Lightning and a 2-0 victory over Washington this past Saturday. The Senators even showed their resiliency on Sunday when they rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime. They eventually lost in the shootout, but it gave them points in three straight games and five out of six.
Ottawa even got good news Monday when captain Daniel Alfredsson skated with the Senators at St. Pete Times Forum. Alfredsson has missed the last 23 games with a back injury and won't play Tuesday, but he is not ruling out a return this season.
"I'd like to do that, but I don't think it's overly important," Alfredsson told Sportsnet.ca when asked how important it is for him to play again this season. "If I don't, I'll be fine with it — but I'd like to get in a couple of games if I could. A few more days here and we'll see how it goes."
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